Hello and welcome! As the festive season approaches, I’m thrilled to share a collection of Christmas-related words that start with the letter ‘N’.
These words bring out the essence of the holiday season, from traditional terms that resonate with the Christmas spirit to festive nouns that adorn our conversations. Let’s embark on a yuletide linguistic journey together!
100 Christmas Words Beginning With N
The term “Noel” is derived from the French word meaning “Christmas” and is used to describe the Christmas season or carols.
The Nativity refers to the scenes or artistic depictions of the birth of Jesus Christ.
A decorative tool often associated with Christmas for cracking nuts, and also a ballet known for its Christmas theme.
4. North Pole
Traditionally, the North Pole is celebrated as the home of Santa Claus and his workshop.
5. Nog (as in Eggnog)
A holiday beverage consisting of milk, sugar, eggs, and spices, often served with a splash of rum or brandy.
A term used to describe children who have behaved badly and are at risk of receiving coal from Santa instead of presents.
The opposite of naughty; a list Santa checks to decide who receives gifts.
Referring to the evenings of the holiday season, which are often filled with festive lights and activities.
A spice commonly used in holiday cooking and baking, particularly in eggnog and Christmas cookies.
A traditional holiday treat often found in stockings or served in bowls at Christmas gatherings.
Small snacks or appetizers served during Christmas parties and gatherings.
A fictional universe where Christmas-related stories and characters exist.
A sweet confection found in many Christmas candies and desserts.
A mythical creature from Nordic folklore, akin to a gnome, associated with the Christmas season.
Referring to the nativity story of the newborn Jesus.
16. News (Good News)
Often refers to the Gospel accounts of Jesus’s birth, considered as the “Good News.”
During Christmas, it’s customary to visit or exchange gifts with neighbors.
18. Nut Roast
A vegetarian dish often served during Christmas dinners.
19. Noel Candle
A candle specifically lit or used during Christmas to signify the light of the season.
Plural for nativity; often refers to collections or multiple displays of the nativity scene.
Sometimes used to refer to the small gifts or coins placed in Christmas stockings.
Stockings, which are hung by the fireplace for Santa to fill with presents.
23. ‘Neath (as in ‘neath the tree)
Colloquial for beneath, referring to the placement of Christmas presents under the tree.
24. Nut Brown
A color often associated with Christmas, found in holiday decor and seasonal attire.
25. Noel Music
Music that is played or sung during the Christmas season, encompassing a variety of carols and songs.
As in “nestled all snug in their beds,” from the famous Christmas poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”
A sentimental longing for past Christmas celebrations and traditions.
A warm drink taken before bed on a cold Christmas night, often with a dash of alcohol.
Another term for the Christmas season, emphasizing its time-bound nature.
Christmas cards or notes are often sent to friends and family during the holiday season.
31. Nutcracker Suite
A selection of music from the ballet “The Nutcracker,” often played during Christmas.
32. Navigation (Star of)
Refers to the Star of Bethlehem, used by the Wise Men for navigation to find the newborn king.
33. Noel Poem
A poem written about Christmas or the festive season.
Christmas is a time when many novelty items, like ugly Christmas sweaters, become popular.
A common Christmas gift, often with festive patterns or colors.
Christmas is a time when people network with family and friends, often at holiday parties.
Short sleeps or naps after a heavy Christmas meal are a common tradition for some.
Sometimes used to describe sweet drinks served at Christmas, like punch or mulled wine.
Refers to the pine needles on Christmas trees which are a central part of the holiday’s decor.
40. Nativity Play
A play reenacting the birth of Jesus Christ, commonly performed during Christmas time.
Musical notation for Christmas carols and songs that are played or sung during the season.
Artistic depictions of holy figures in nativity scenes often include a nimbus or halo.
43. Noel Card
A Christmas card, often with “Noel” written on it as a greeting.
44. Night Before Christmas
Refers to the famous poem by Clement Clarke Moore, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” often read on Christmas Eve.
45. Nutcracker Soldier
A traditional decorative figure that represents the soldiers in the “Nutcracker” ballet.
During Christmas, a focus is often on the nourishment of both body and soul, through food and fellowship.
Describes the often chilly or crisp weather experienced during the Christmas season.
Many Christmas traditions, like lighting an advent candle, occur nightly during the season.
49. Nativity Fast
In some Christian traditions, a period of fasting before Christmas, similar to Advent.
Christmas celebrations that are inclusive of all, regardless of religious affiliation.
Refers to the dietary aspects of the Christmas feast, which can range from indulgent to health-conscious choices.
Slang for head, but during Christmas, it can whimsically refer to a mug used for eggnog.
The act of eating small amounts of festive treats, often done during holiday gatherings.
54. Noel Chorus
A group of singers performing Christmas carols, often called a chorus.
Descriptive of the flavor found in many Christmas dishes, often from the use of actual nuts.
Traditional attire for Christmas morning, often depicted in Christmas stories and movies.
The act of preparing one’s home for Christmas, similar to birds preparing a nest.
58. Nondenominational Prayer
A prayer offered during the Christmas season that is inclusive of all faiths.
59. Newsboy Cap
A style of cap that might be associated with historical Christmas attire or period dramas set during the holidays.
60. New Year’s Eve
While not exclusively about Christmas, it is intrinsically linked to the holiday season as the culmination of festivities.
61. Nativity Set
A collection of figures used to depict the Nativity scene, often displayed in homes and churches.
62. Noel Tradition
Any tradition that is specifically associated with the Christmas season.
63. Navy Blue
A color often used in Christmas attire and decorations, providing a contrast to the traditional red and green.
A warm, affectionate gesture often exchanged between loved ones during the cozy Christmas season.
Christmas time often brings a focus on the natural elements of winter, used in decorations like wreaths and garlands.
66. Nutcracker Collection
Some people collect various nutcracker figures, which are prominently displayed during the Christmas season.
67. Noel Celebration
A festive event or party held to celebrate Christmas.
A confection made from sugar or honey, nuts, and egg white, often found in Christmas desserts.
During Christmas, many nurseries are visited for their selection of Christmas trees and holiday plants.
70. Noel Song
A song sung during the Christmas period, often synonymous with a Christmas carol.
Christmas-themed novels are popular reads during the holiday season.
72. Nostalgic Films
Christmas is a time when many people watch classic, nostalgic films that have become holiday traditions.
Special Christmas-themed nightlights are often used to decorate homes during the festive season.
74. Nougat Candy
A sweet treat made of sugar or honey, roasted nuts, whipped egg whites, and sometimes chopped candied fruit.
75. Nativity Costume
Costumes used in nativity plays or as part of Christmas pageants.
While not a traditional Christmas fruit, nectarines can be used in festive recipes or as a fresh, sweet snack.
77. Nippy Air
Describes the brisk, cold air often associated with outdoor Christmas activities.
78. Nine Ladies Dancing
From the Christmas song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” representing the ninth day of Christmas.
79. Nutcracker Ornament
Ornaments shaped like nutcrackers are popular decorations for Christmas trees.
A term that could refer to Neapolitan ice cream, which, with its layers of different colors, might be served as a Christmas dessert.
Refers to new or different techniques or gadgets that might be given as Christmas gifts.
Many Christmas celebrations and services, such as Midnight Mass, take place at night.
Descriptive of the lustrous, rainbow-like colors of nacre, or mother-of-pearl, which can be used in Christmas decorations.
A cozy corner or spot in a home where one might display Christmas decorations or curl up with a holiday book.
85. Nimbus Cloud
A type of cloud that could be part of a Christmas weather forecast, or artistically represented in Christmas scenes.
While the plant is not associated with Christmas, the term could be used in a Christmas mystery or story setting.
A type of decorative candy used in Christmas baking, or it could mean something unequaled, like a unique Christmas experience.
A small bouquet, which might be used as a decorative piece during Christmas.
Christmas time sometimes sees the creation of new words or phrases specific to the holiday season.
90. Nativity Pageant
A play or performance reenacting the birth of Jesus Christ, commonly held during Christmas.
The kernel of nuts, often used in Christmas cooking and baking.
The telling of the Christmas story, whether through a family reading or a church service.
93. Nougat Bar
A sweet bar made with sugar or honey and nuts, commonly enjoyed during Christmas.
94. Naval Oranges
A type of orange that is in season during winter and can be used in Christmas recipes or as a traditional stocking stuffer.
Describing an experience that is filled with a sense of the presence of divinity, which some may feel during the Christmas season.
The act of caring and providing for others, often emphasized during the season of giving.
An adjective to describe someone who is smartly dressed, perhaps in festive attire for a Christmas party.
Musical notation for Christmas carols and hymns is essential for holiday music performances.
A sentimental yearning for the past, frequently felt during the Christmas season as people reminisce about past Christmases.
The social or familial network that comes together during the holiday season to celebrate Christmas.
Thank you for joining me on this festive exploration of Christmas-related words beginning with ‘N’. I hope this list has enriched your vocabulary with more of the holiday cheer and maybe even sparked some creative ideas for your seasonal festivities.